A Room with a View Hardcover – Audiobook, Sep 12 1994
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* Juliet Stevenson's narration is perfect...Forster couldn't be better served. The Oldie * Lucy's world comes to life through Juliet Stevenson's narration. Audiofile Magazine * Juliet Stevenson's reading is as perfect as expected from such a renowned actress. New Books Magazine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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This Edwardian social comedy explores love and prim propriety among an eccentric cast of characters assembled in an Italian pensione and in a corner of Surrey, England. A charming young English woman, Lucy Honeychurch, faints into the arms of a fellow Britisher when she witnesses a murder in a Florentine piazza. Attracted to this man, George Emerson--who is entirely unsuitable and whose father just may be a Socialist--Lucy is soon at war with the snobbery of her class and her own conflicting desires. Back in England she is courted by a more acceptable, if stifling, suitor, and soon realizes she must make a startling decision that will decide the course of her future: she is forced to choose between convention and passion. The enduring delight of this tale of romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster's colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen and outspoken patriots. Written in 1908, A Room With A View is one of E.M. Forster's earliest and most celebrated works. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This classic by E. M. Forster is full of wicked humor that punctures the 19th century English class system. Superb cameo pieces. The character development is subtle and sure, beginning with our heroine traveling to Italy with her maiden aunt as chaperone. There, in a pensione, she meets an iconoclastic father and son, honest, rough-hewn, plain-spoken, who insist upon trading rooms when they overhear the prim aunt complaining that she booked a room with a view. It, of course, becomes a metaphor for room to view life as a whole, without prejudice, in all its wonderful complexity.
Don't miss this excellent book by this excellent author. Then read all his others, if you haven't already done so.
Learning to love a pair like the Emersons would seem to be easy for Lucy, but that is the struggle of this whole novel, how she creates such a muddle out of a simple thing and ends up, for the first time in her life, to begin to see clearly.
Forster finds a nice balance in this novel - engaging plot, unique and well-developed characters, and a fair dose of philosophy to lighten the burdens of your mind (all good philosophy should lighten your mind instead of weighing it down).
I would recommend this book on the simple fact that Mr. Emerson is, in many of his traits, the type of human being we should all strive to become(good-hearted, thought-provoking, devoted to expanding his mind instead of narrowing it, welcoming to all, poetic and deep). That alone recommends it. This may not be Forster's best, but it's one of them, and is more than worth the time (I finished it in three days, awfully fast, hungry for more when it was done).
Most recent customer reviews
This review applies to the Kindle version only. Forster's a wonderful writer, this is a good story, but the Kindle format is lousy, the font is very light. Read morePublished 1 month ago by musico
This novel is a pleasant read and a fairly good story, and while the plot is fairly universal and timeless, the style of writing seems a bit dated. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Certainly not a spellbinder. Never finished it, as everytime I picked it up and started reading I got sleepy. wouldn't recommend it.Published on Feb. 2 2014 by Alice Wile
This is an amazing romantic book that presents life in a lighthearted manner with some of its pitfalls and disappointments. Read morePublished on March 3 2013 by Boyko Ovcharov
The film starring Helena Bonham Carter in the role of Lucy Honeychurch is one of my favorites, and having watched it several times, I decided to read the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2013 by Reader's Remarks
Forster's turn-of-the-century novel about British snobbery opens in the Renaissance mecca of Florence, Italy, where middle-class tourists clash with both passionate natives and... Read morePublished on June 18 2003 by Plume45
Although I don't know many people who have read this book, I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in great literature. Read morePublished on April 7 2002 by E. M. Rhudy
I didn't like this book. Short, written as gorgeously as anything else Forster wrote, there just isn't anything worthwhile going on. Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by asphlex
As a gentle comedy of pre World War I manners and sensibilities, set in Florence and England, E. M. Forster's "A Room With a VIew" is a 20th century masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 1 2002 by Mary Ward